Happy New Year! I say that with utmost sincerity but I’m not quite used to the idea. It doesn’t seem possible that, for better or worse, 2015 is gone forever. Didn’t it just start like yesterday? It sure feels that way, and I have come to the conclusion that time flies whether you’re having fun or not. And whether you are ready or not, we’re on the first day of the first page of a brand new calendar. We can tackle our resolutions with fresh resolve and twelve months from now, when we’re still eating too much, drinking too much and not exercising anywhere near enough, we can tackle those same resolutions all over again but with renewed vigor.
Among other things, 2016 will see the release of Parlor City Paradise, my second novel. I’m sorry but I can’t give you an actual release date just yet. The manuscript is currently in the capable hands of a few select beta readers and I really can’t do much until I receive their comments and criticism. I expect to get a good share of both. That said, what I’ve mostly heard thus far is that the storyline is so compelling that my critics forget they are supposed to be critical; either that’s a really good sign or I need to pick tougher beta readers. We’ll see.
Although the manuscript itself is currently on hold, at least in terms of my end of things, there are certain aspects of the project I can still move forward on. The first is the cover. As you may or may not already know, the book is set in Binghamton, New York, a once affluent city which, these days, is really more of an arm pit. The cover I have in mind is something that captures past and present. I’m actually considering launching a photo contest. I want pictures that demonstrate the best and worst Binghamton has to offer. The winning entry would be the centerpiece for the book cover. What do you think? I have also debated having some sort of community funding campaign. There’s definitely potential. I’m just not sure I’m ready to go there. Check back with me on that one.
The rest of 2016 will be devoted to expanding my brand. Does that sound as distasteful to you as it does to me? I’m going to take that as a yes, but it falls under the category of necessary evil. As an independently published author, I don’t have a prayer of selling a damn thing unless I can somehow let people know I’ve got something to sell. That’s one of the reasons book reviews are so vitally important, although I’m done beating that particular dead horse. I will instead focus on things I can actually control. Therefore, I will schedule more book events, try to get serious about building an email list, and maybe even do some honest to goodness marketing. It has been known to work. One thing I won’t be doing is publishing quite as many book reviews or blog posts. I’m thinking one or two a month on both counts. The time I save will be spent on my next major project. That would be the 21 Sundays of Fantastic Football Food cookbook. If all goes well, that could be ready for release before we sing the next chorus of Auld Lang Syne. By the way, can anyone recommend a good food photographer? I’m going to need one.
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